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Where Does The Retro Era End?

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It’s easy to figure out where “Retro Gaming” begins, but where does it end?  Where do we draw the line that defines retro gaming, and gaming outside of the current generation? The definition of “retro” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in relation to fashion, but says “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned“.  All this leaves us with is a very vague “of the past” or “nostalgic” to apply towards Retro Gaming.

My Definition

I have a way that I personally define it, but I admit there are some flaws or outliers in my definition too.  I use my classification of “Retro Gaming” as a way to include more games into the definition, and also to simplify things.   My definition is this:  Retro games are games from the generation before last. (Example: PS4 is current generation, PS3 is last generation, PS2 is retro gaming).

The Argument Against My Definition

I’m sure some of you disagree with that definition, and have some good reasons to reject it.  A strong case could be made that something like the Playstation 2 generation can’t be considered retro because they still had releases as recent as 2013 (FIFA 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 14).  That’s a very good point, but it’s a bit of an outlier, along with some other titles from the PS2.   The vast majority of PS2 games released in 2007 and beyond were released side by side with the PSP and Wii, ported from the PSP, sports games, music games, or multi-platform movie licensed games.  There are a few exceptions though, like 2008’s Persona 4.   Now I’m not trying to say these games don’t count, but the PS2 was a system that sold over 158 million units and that install base was too large to ignore worldwide for soccer games, and too large for developers to not port the weaker PSP games, or equally powered Wii games to.    Those games gave the PS2 releases way past it’s time, that really make it hard to make a case for it as a “Retro Console”.    From that same generation, the GameCube’s final release was Madden ’08 in August 2007, and the XBox’s final release was Madden ’09 in August 2008, both well after the system was dead.   I have a strong feeling that with digital releases being so popular now, and that almost every indie game doesn’t require much tech power, we will see today’s consoles get releases well into the next generation and maybe even the one after that (if there is one).

How Much Time Has to Pass?

Trying to group a console or generation into the Retro classification is just simpler to do.  Games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Time Splitters, and Midnight Club launched with the PS2, they’re 18 years old!  Read the rest of this entry

October 2018: Games of the Month

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Day1PickUp: September 2018

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Day1PickUp is a list of games I’ve pre-ordered or plan to pick up on their release day.  They’re a little different than my other “hauls” because these are planned, and aren’t as random.  I will be discussing most of these games in the lead up to their release, and even after their release I’ll give impressions and/or reviews.   You can also count on me streaming these games upon release so tune in on the front page or at twitch.tv/theGamerPad

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God of Wars: The Complete Legend – I’m picking this up because it looks pretty fun, but my main draw as a Day 1 Pick-Up is because I’m getting the Collector’s Edition, and up to this point I’ve been able to get every NISA Collector’s Edition so far.  I wanna keep the whole set going

snkSNK Heroines – Again, like God Wars, my main draw for picking this up Day1 is because it’s a NISA Collector’s Edition and I’m trying to get the whole set.   This one actually has some cool, and odd stuff like a hat, tank-top and towel among more common items like art books and soundtracks.   It looks like a fun fighter, I enjoyed the old SNK fighters, but I still haven’t even played my copy of BlazBlue CrossTag Battle yet!

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NBA 2K19 – I spent about 150 Hours on NBA 2K18 for the Switch.  I didn’t play much of this series since the GameCube/XBox era, but 2K18 roped me back in.  The grind at the blacktop starts September 11th.

labrynthofrefrain.pngLabyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk – I’m not going to lie, I had to actually search this Read the rest of this entry

Pokken Tournament DX – August 2018 Tournament

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We’re going to have a tournament for Pokken Tournament DX this month!   More details will be added soon

Signing-Up

We will have a sign-up for people that want to participate in the tournament, contact the admin/mods in the Discord if you’d like to sign-up.  After the sign-up is period is over, we will put together a tournament bracket and randomly choose who gets matched up.

Playing Your Match

Players will be assigned an opponent and given a deadline to set up and complete a matches.  If you are unable to set up a match with your opponent within the deadline, you may be rescheduled with a different opponent, you may also be disqualified if you’re unable to make it in time for the deadline.

Reporting Your Results

After completing your match with your opponent, you will have to report to admin/mods the results of your match.  The results will be recorded and the winner will advance to the next round.   The loser (if not disqualified) will be entered in a prize raffle, the winner will await information on their next round match-up.

Information Updates

All information updates will be posted here on this site, as well as in the #tournament channel in the Discord Server.


Game Rules/Settings

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VS Mode:  Basic Battle
Country/Region:  Anywhere
VS Code:  Use
Enter VS Code:  (Up to your Discretion)

Winner is decided by a Best of 3 Series (Whoever wins 2 matches first)

 

Dinosaurhead vs Yoshi

MrAdam vs Saintwave

Glxywingz vs Gobo

Zain vs theGamerPad

Papa Harry vs Brrrenan

 

Mario Tennis Aces – July 2018 Tournament

 

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We’re going to have a Mario Aces Tournament!

Unfortunately the in-game settings don’t make organizing this very easy, so there’s going to have to be a lot of management from the admin/mods on setting these matches up.

Signing-Up

We will have a sign-up for people that want to participate in the tournament, contact the admin/mods in the Discord if you’d like to sign-up.  After the sign-up is period is over, we will put together a tournament bracket and randomly choose who gets matched up.

Playing Your Match

Players will be assigned an opponent and given a deadline to set up and complete a matches.  If you are unable to set up a match with your opponent within the deadline, you may be rescheduled with a different opponent, you may also be disqualified if you’re unable to make it in time for the deadline.

Reporting Your Results

After completing your match with your opponent, you will have to report to admin/mods the results of your match.  The results will be recorded and the winner will advance to the next round.   The loser (if not disqualified) will be entered in a prize raffle, the winner will await information on their next round match-up.

Information Updates

All information updates will be posted here on this site, as well as in the #tournament channel in the Discord Server.


Game Rules/Settings

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Match Type: Singles Only

COM Difficulty: Intermediate (N/A)

Play Style: Standard

Play Time: Extended Play

Court: All

KO Loss: Yes


Results:

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Challenge 004 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo Direct 9.13.17 – Speculation, Predictions & Wishful Thinking

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Intro:

A new Nintendo Direct is coming tomorrow and it’s reportedly focusing on the Switch’s next couple of months (Holiday Season) and the 3DS.  To have a little fun with this I decided to put together a little bit of what I think Nintendo is going to be announcing, and a lot of what I think they should be announcing.  I know there’s a lot of reasons why some of this stuff won’t happen, but I don’t think any of it’s too far fetched.

The Switch launch was a huge success, and unlike most successful system launches it was not during a holiday season.  Now 6 months later, it is my opinion that Nintendo needs to essentially re-launch and re-introduce the system to everyone for the holiday season.   Show us all what has gone so well, and what Switch owners have coming in the future, that’s what I hope to see from this Nintendo Direct

Sales/Success:

Nintendo should start off by hammering in the fact that the system has been a huge sales’ success so far and that the systems are flying off the shelf worldwide.  This past July the Switch outsold the PS4 and XBox One, it has also sold over 5 million units worldwide (1.5 million in Japan alone where thousands of people line up weekly to try and get one) and over 10million in software sales.

Games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: BOTW have all sold over a million copies (Splatoon 2 did it in 1 week!).  But even Third Parties such as Capcom and NISA have been very happy with the success of the sales on the Switch.  Nintendo should throw out all of this information in a concise way to just reiterate the fact that the Switch is doing good and developers are happy.   There is no need to worry about purchasing a Switch, this is not another Wii U.

Third Party Support

Transitioning from applauding the success of the Switch Hardware and Software sales, this would be a great time to announce some new third party support for the Switch and some details to recently announced games.   Some of the recently announced games we know of are: Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 and L.A. Noire, but wouldn’t it be great if we found a few more surprises from third parties?

These major third parties are just testing the waters, and most have had development tools for less than a year, so to expect brand new full fledged releases would be a little unrealistic at this point in my opinion.  I expect to see some more ports/remasters to get Switch owners through the next year before the major players really commit a big AAA project to the Switch.   They’ll want to try out their reliable sellers and gauge it on that, that’s why I’m expecting some more ports, and I’m all for playing some of these great games with portable functionality…this makes the Switch version more appealing to me than others.

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We know Capcom and Ubisoft have some unannounced games up their sleeves, and something like Mega Man Legacy Collection, or the Disney Afternoon Collection seems like a very easy port and cash grab to try out on the Nintendo fanbase.  Read the rest of this entry

5 Retro Games That Need Online Play

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Nintendo announced a few months ago that their paid online service is going to come with 1 NES or SNES game a month. As an added bonus, those games will include newly added online play.   To a retro gamer and Nintendo fan like myself, this is more exciting than the free games offered through PS+ and XBox Gold.

Now as we wait for Nintendo to roll out the details, I have begun imagining what games I want to play online the most.  I am currently more interested in competitive multiplayer than co-op or leaderboards.  I feel with competitive multiplayer you can get more replay value and varied results than online 2player co-op.

Before we get into the 5 I want to see the most, let me quickly go over a few that I disqualified.   The main reasons for disqualifying some titles was because of licensing issues or that there is already an updated equivalent around that won’t want old school competition.   So here we go:


Disqualified Contenders:

  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) – Capcom recently released this in the “Disney Afternoon Collection”, it’s doubtful they’d release this again with online play)
  • Tetris (NES) – Puyo Puyo Tetris is already out on the Switch and it does a great job of filling the need for online Tetris
  • Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES) – This is a Puyo Puyo clone that I used to play on Super Nintendo, it also is not necessary for online additions since the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (NES) – I love this game, but I don’t see it coming ever to the Switch as an online NES port.  Maybe as a complete remake or an actual arcade port though.  
  • Street Fighter II (SNES) – With Ultra Street Fighter II on the Switch I don’t see any need for a Street Fighter II online port.  
  • Killer Instinct (SNES) – I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP anymore as they haven’t released it on Virtual Console before and Microsoft released a newer version on XB1
  • NBA Jam (SNES) – I know EA owns the rights to NBA Jam, but I don’t know if they can re-release the originals. Anyhow, this would be better served as an all new release like the XBLA/PS3 “On Fire Edition”

Ok, now onto the 5 (sorry I know Top 5 lists can be a pain in the ass)

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Believe it or not, this game used to actually be online for the Super Nintendo through the XBand service.  This was my favorite baseball game of the era and possibly my favorite baseball game of all-time.  I don’t think most people have as much of a desire to play this online as I do, but I really want to relive the online XBand matches from my childhood.


Ken Griffey is currently on the cover of MLB The Show ’17, so there might be some issues with him being the face of another game at the same time (this might have to wait until 2018).  But Nintendo shouldn’t have an issue acquiring the MLB rights since they are not exclusive to Sony, however if Nintendo wants to avoid the licensing they should be able to edit out the MLB and MLBPA properties fairly easily.   Read the rest of this entry

Has-Been Heroes

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Blaster Master Zero

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